Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra lays out plan for next year

Water bottle refill stations at Davis Park tops project list


The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra recently appointed Bob Wiltfong as their new president.

As the new president he has helped the club lay out a couple of projects and goals that the group wishes to achieve during the next year.

Some of the big projects the club will look to take on this year includes installing water bottle refilling stations at Davis Park and exercise stations around Nocatee.

After discussing and meeting with officials, such as Ryan Kane, St. Johns County Director of Parks and Recreation, it was discovered that the addition of water bottle refilling stations would fill a big need at Davis Park.

“The refill stations are something that everyone will be able to take advantage of,” Wiltfong said. “From those playing to those watching the action, everyone involved will be able to see the difference it will make.”

The Rotary is divided into districts, so that each club can focus on things to improve that given area.

“Because we’re a Nocatee-based organization, we were really focused on projects that will directly benefit the residents in that area,” Wiltfong said.

According to Wiltfong, the club is prepared to apply with the organization’s foundation to receive a district grant if the cost of the project becomes an issue.

“If we can do it with our own fundraising efforts, we will, but it’s nice to know that we have the ability for assistance with the project if needed,” Wiltfong said. “It’s all about being the good in the world, and we believe we’re doing just that with these goals.”

Wiltfong stated that the water stations will cost about $1,500 a piece to be installed.

The process of establishing exercise-themed stations at common gathering places within Nocatee has already been in the works, but the club wants to do what it can to help continue promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents.

Wiltfong encouraged any members of the public, even outside the club, to not hesitate to share ideas that they believe residents can benefit from.

“If they have ideas to help serve problems that may belong, all they have to do is let me know and we will be happy to look into it,” Wiltfong said.

The vision for the club is to be a top-notch resource and leadership developer within the community, as well as a beacon of charitable work and an organization that promotes fellowship and networking opportunities.

“We’re here to help serve the community the best ways we can, because at the end of the day we are members of this community,” Wiltfong said.


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